Peafowl Care Tips
Here I have gathered some information and tips for raising your own peafowl. These come from my own personal routines and experiences as well as from things I have heard or read. If you do choose to raise peafowl, please do not go only on what I have posted here, but also consult other sources to make sure you have the best and most complete information available.
Peafowl can be raised effectively both in fenced areas as well as roaming free. This choice will most likely depend on your circumstances, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Wild peafowl have an omnivorous diet, and peafowl that are allowed to roam will scavenge for many things on their own. They should, however, be supplied with food at all times. Different types of bird pellets and grains are some of the options, but check around locally to see what is available. I provide my birds with a mixture of game bird feed and cracked corn, which they seem to enjoy. Peafowl also need at least 20% protein to be healthy and reproduce well. (This number is debatable. I have seen some peafowl enthusiasts suggest as high as 32% protein, while some get by with lower. Twenty percent seems to be a safely agreed upon middle ground.) Dry cat food is a great source of it, but dry dog food also works, however it has less protein. During the summer, free ranging fowl and ones that have large pens with lots of vegetation can get most of their necessary protein from insects and other bugs that they eat. However, in winter, some type of protein supplement is especially necessary. Peafowl will also eat a number of other treats and table scraps, you can experiment in small amounts to see what your birds like. My peafowl like occasional treats of sweet corn, apples, and lettuce. If peafowl are on raised pens, you should provide them with vegetation as well as grain. My peafowl are especially partial to clover and dandelion leaves. Clean water should also be provided at all times, and special medication can be added to it to prevent different diseases.
More tips coming soon. If you have a tip you would like me to add, please email me at AmyAmyM@aol.com.
This page last modified on Thursday, June 6th, 2002